This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN World Conference on Women, held in Beijing China in 1995. To celebrate the many achievements in gender equality since that historic conference, Wiley has brought together many of our society partners, journal editors, and book authors to participate in an online forum discussing women’s rights. For twenty days leading up to International Women’s Day (March 8), we’ll have a conversation on topics ranging from women in the workplace, classroom, media, and politics.
Many of you have noted in your forum posts how far women have come, and how far we have yet to go. Helen Haste, Co-Editor of Political Psychology notes that,
“While there are an increasing number of high profile women leaders around the world, in many parliaments there are still far too few women elected representatives and often too few in Cabinet positions. The political establishment is partly to blame, but also, the general public has often been resistant to electing women; old images of ‘power-worthy’ die hard.”
This sentiment was one we heard over and over while talking to our Wiley partners. Rosemarie Zagarri, author of A Woman’s Dilemma, raised issues of access and education in her closing questions.
“Yet in…two hundred years …"equality" has taken on many new meanings for women besides access to education. How and why have these changes occurred? And how many of these developments are the result of women's greater access to education?”
We are thrilled to be having this discussion , and we look forward to sharing it with all of you leading up to International Women’s Day.
As part of our initiative, we have worked with our societies to create a collection of research around gender equality. As Zagarri and many others said, education is key to continuing toward a society where genders are equal, and we’re excited to do our part by sharing this essential resource for free.
Here at Wiley, we also got in the spirit with the video montage below featuring Wiley colleagues from around the world sharing their thoughts. Let us know what you think in the comments below or by tweeting @WileyExchanges.
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